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Hello,  I have an oil painting signature Soria. I think maybe Jose?
It has a Merrill Chase label on the back of the frame.  The painting is  of 2 fishing boats(rowboats) on a rocky beach.  Boat in background is blue, other brown. Not sure if the sun or moon is peeking thru the clouds.  On the back of frame is 8x10 TR   on the wood that the canvas is attached are the numbers  WAIBEZ in pen/pencil and also looks like an 8 stamped on the top and bottom of the canvas wood.
 Signature is SORIA lower right hand corner.  Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.  If you send me a phone number I could text you a photo,(not good at sending thru computer).
Thank you very much
Harriet Russo

Dear Harriet,
I did research using the name Jose,(Joseph),Soria and there is a listed artist, but none of his paintings have appeared on the secondary market. I cannot do further research without a photo of the painting and close up of the signature and I do not accept text images. Merrill Chase artists are notoriously difficult to research because they were often local or regional artists carried by the gallery and never went national or international. Even with images it is highly unlikely I will be able to identify your artist. There is a company in Chicago that has Merrill Chase gallery records. They charge $200-300 for information and appraisal on the artists. If you google using Merrill Chase and Chicago you should be able to locate their website. I am sorry I cannot be of more help.
Kind regards,

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